Entrepreneurial Spark's CEO Jim Duffy launches our Brighton Hatchery

24 Mar The hunt is on for Brighton’s best start-up businesses

The hunt is on to find Brighton and Hove’s most exciting new businesses as Entrepreneurial Spark powered by NatWest, the world’s largest free business accelerator, rolls in to Brighton this summer.

With a vision to generate positive social change through the action of entrepreneuring, the pioneering Entrepreneurial Spark powered by NatWest programme is now open for applications for up to 80 entrepreneurs to join their Brighton accelerator, or ‘Hatchery’, which opens its doors in August in NatWest premises at 149 Preston Rd.

The completely free ‘enablement programme’ sees entrepreneurs, or ‘chiclets’, based in the Hatchery as they undergo six months of intensive support, as well as benefiting from essential start-up necessities such as superfast broadband, office space and telephones.

Entrepreneurial Spark powered by NatWest has been drawn to the story of Brighton and its incredibly vibrant culture, creative industry excellence and innovative thinking. Merging the city’s ethos and Entrepreneurial Spark’s ‘secret sauce’, Jim Duffy, CEO, is expecting big things:

“Brighton is undoubtedly a very happening place with an excellent culture and mindset. What marks out Entrepreneurial Spark is that we focus on the person, not just the business, and ensure their behaviours are complementary to achieving success, and we do this all for free. That is our secret sauce which has seen us support over 350 business with a turnover of £41m in 2014. Bringing together that secret sauce and Brighton’s culture, we can’t wait to see what we can accomplish in Brighton.”

The highly successful business accelerator, founded in 2012, has four other hubs across the UK to date, with another three (including Brighton) opening in August.

Tim Boag, Natwest’s Regional MD for London and South East, commented:

“This is a superb opportunity for budding entrepreneurs and those who have just started on their journey in Brighton and the South East to access some first-class support. The successful applicants will get to work in a collaborative atmosphere in our Preston Street offices and will have plenty of access to the local team from NatWest as well as our wider networks.”

“We hope to receive lots of exciting applications from across the city and South East. The local economy is experiencing solid growth and this is reflected in the increasing confidence we are seeing among our business customers. These are the ideal conditions in which to launch this new hatchery and I’m confident we’ll see some great success stories emerge from it.”

To start your journey with Entrepreneurial Spark and apply to join one of our Hatcheries please click here.


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